–Night Slides Riders Club–
A blistering start to British Summer Time 2019 has energised the re-establishment of the merriest mountain biking club on the Jurassic Coast. Dust off your saddles and lube up your chains 👀 welcome to the Night Slides Riders Club (NSRC) in memory of Josh Taylor – a damn legendary rider 🤘🏻
If this is your first time visiting here, head on over to read our journey before you continue.
A long time coming
Now you’re back, we’re pleased to announce that the launch of the new riders club will be in Josh Taylor’s memory. This means that, separate to the weekly rides, the club will be organising an annual 100-miler to raise much needed funds for Mind – the mental health charity.
The work they do in local communities across the country, with strong support in Dorset, helps 1 in 4 ordinary people like you or me who suffer with mental health problems at some stage in their lives.
Josh was among the founding members of the mountain biking club along with with his brother Joe, back in 2009. A decade on from the original ride-outs, keeping his rad outdoor spirit alive, we’re looking forward to sharing the stoke with you on weekly rides along the Purbeck Hills as part of the NSRC.
Where we ride and how to join
20–30km Studland Loop
Taking the 18:20 Sandbanks Ferry every Wednesday evening (1-2 hour ride, medium pace).
April 2019 – October 2019
It’s free to join the NSRC, just bring cash for the ferry and for a beer afterwards. Use the following link to join the WhatsApp group and introduce yourself as a new member, welcome aboard!
The only suggested ‘donation’ is to post a picture on your social media that captures how getting active outdoors regularly with friends helps with your mental health. Make sure that Mind, the mental health charity, are tagged in the post to highlight the importance of their work.
The positive effect of team sports
It’s nothing new to hear that too many men feel like they can’t talk about the battles they’re fighting within and therefore can’t be helped towards improving their mental wellbeing.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, a person’s wellbeing (mental, physical and social) is improved by partaking in sports with friends. But we’re looking to take that a step further by fostering this in an outdoor environment that enables members to be open and honest with what’s going on inside, outside.
The rides are no different, it’s the founding culture that is.
“The natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living” – Attenborough